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A Guide To Myopia in Children

A Guide To Myopia in Children

Myopia is a vision problem that affects the ability to see far objects clearly, and it is a type of refractive error. Refractive error is the difference between the power of your eyesight and what is considered normal. Myopia is when the light focuses in front of the eyes where the eyeball is too long, and you can see objects close up better than objects at a distance.  It is the most common eye disorder globally, and it is estimated that about half of the world's population will be myopic by 2050. 

Myopia typically begins in childhood and stabilises in early adulthood. However, it can sometimes continue to progress with age. 

What Causes Myopia?

There are many causes of myopia, but genetics and the environment are the most common. Genetics play a role in about half of all cases of myopia. Your parents or grandparents may have had myopia, and you may also be predisposed to developing myopia if you have close family members with the condition. Myopia can also be caused by the environment, such as being in close contact with computers or other electronic devices and being a child or teenager who spends a lot of time reading.

What are the Symptoms of Myopia?

The symptoms of myopia can vary but can generally be summed up with a decreased ability to see things far away. For people developing myopia, the symptoms may include difficulty reading and seeing close up and headaches and fatigue.

Myopia is a common eye condition. There is no known cure for myopia, but there are ways to manage the condition and improve your vision. Some treatments include wearing glasses or contact lenses undergoing surgery to use a laser to correct the vision problem.

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What Are The Risks Of Not Controlling Myopia?

If you don't control your myopia, you risk developing more severe myopia over time. This can lead to difficulty seeing clearly at close distances and an even higher risk of developing sight-threatening conditions. Myopia can lead to a higher risk of cataracts, glaucoma, and retina detachment. 

How Can Myopia Be Controlled?

There are many ways to control the progression of myopia. These options can be in the form of eyeglasses, contact lenses and even medication to reduce the rate of myopia.

Myopia is a growing trend in Singapore. It is essential to seek medical advice from an optometrist to see if you are a candidate for myopia control and be advised on the most suitable method. 

Lastly, regular eye screening is essential for both the child and adults.  At Vision Direct Club, we can provide these screenings and examinations for you and your child at the comfort of your own home.  

Visit from your mobile devices or computers for your next eye examination and read more about our mobile optometry prices. 


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